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RATINGS: 211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Epic Brewing Company’s latest barrel-aged beer brings something new—wild yeast. This brew is a collaboration ale with Crooked Stave Artisan Brewing of Fort Collins, Colorado. Chad Yakobson, Brewmaster/Owner of Crooked Stave, is well known for his skill and knowledge in the brewing of sour and Brettanomyces driven beers. The beer was brewed at Epic by the two brewers. Kevin Crompton, Epic’s Brewmaster, and Chad spent several weeks working on the recipe and selecting the proper Brett strains and barrels for the beer to morph from a golden Saison into a Saison-Brett Golden Ale.
Rel 1. - 8.8%
Rel 2. - 9.6%
Rel 3. - 9.3%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwelldeux (3791) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a very small head. Nose is a little sour with a little bit of spice and a slight sour. Taste is a tad sour with just a hint of sweetness on the back end. Light and easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5259) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Slightly cloudy gold, loose foamy white head. Smells like lemon and sour apple, with notes o pine and white wine. Taste is lemon, sour, winey, with woody notes, as well. I get Granny Smith apples, as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (4074) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Tart lemon and cheesy funk aroma, vegetal cabbage notes are also present. Hazy amber, thin head. Tart and vegetal, a little warm. Overripe lime, black pepper spice, cabbage. Finishes malty with coddled milk. Definite lactic component, but also vegetal. Not terribly well executed. Epic was on a good string of saison’s lately until I tried this one. It’s not a total loss, but the bar had already been set high.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
Reactionary17 (1) - - FEB 13, 2013 does not count
Release #2 this beer is a great sasion/sour. It is very similar to Russian River’s temptation. Not incredibly overpowering but nice sour bite to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5065) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Bottle from Hayduke with whom I enjoyed it via facebook chat. This poured a kind of green tea brown with a smallish head. Berries were smelled from a distance but brett when closer to the glass. It had a nice maltiness. Grapes and apples were tasted and a little vanilla. Brett was obvious but was not overdone. This beer drinks like a session beer and that 9.5% is nothing but dangerous. It was refreshing in a summer beer way and interesting, especially the brett. The alcohol makes this a winter warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3468) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 14, 2013
This was purchased at Paul’s Market in McCall, ID where I have found no end of interesting beers. Of the two bottles, one went to my great trading buddy Strykzone in the mid-west. We sampled it together via Facebook Chat. From the 22 oz bottle marked Release 2, ABV 9.6. This poured a very clear ice tea color with a good sized and long lasting white head and moderate lacing rings. Nose is a sour apple and fruit aroma. Medium in body and smooth of mouthfeel there is absolutely no trace of the alcohol. The flavor is sour apples with brett there but in good control. The finish was a prefect sour in my opinion and made made the beer very refreshing. Really great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1383) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2013
22 ounce bottle, Release #2 (9.6% ABV, Brewed on December 12, 2011. Packaged on November 14, 2012). Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is very nice, the brew smells like apple juice, brett, green grapes, lemon peel, and some peach. Taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like brett, green grapes/grape skins, white wine, green apples, bready malt/grain, pears, lemon peel and some light peppery spice. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, I’d like to pick up some more. $11.99 a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2013
From a bottle poured a straw color with a fair amount of head. Light sour malty flavor with a lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mittenator (1389) - Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Clean, bright and fresh. This would be the perfect beer to give someone who has never had a sour but wants to try. Light and refreshing with a little funk at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4175) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2013
22 ounce bottle from Jungle Jim’s. Brett nose up front. Apple juice and yeast. Tart. Lots of apples in this one.

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